Adobe Reader 7.0 on Feisty Fox

Volume 10, Issue 36; 21 Apr 2007; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Patching an odd glitch in the acroread shell script.

I recently bought Nikon D80 DSLR eBook on CD (review to follow). Naturally it expects the very latest Acrobat Reader to support its interactive features.

The latest I can find for Linux is 7.0. I don't know if that's recent enough, I think 8.0 is expected.

Anyway, I grabbed the download from Adobe and installed it on my Ubuntu “Feisty Fawn” box, only to discover that it wouldn't run. Running acroread produced “expr: syntax error” ad nauseum.

If this happens to you, perhaps this patch will help:

*** /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/bin/acroread~	2007-01-05 14:56:39.000000000 -0500
--- /usr/local/Adobe/Acrobat7.0/bin/acroread	2007-04-21 19:33:50.000000000 -0400
*** 416,420 ****
!    		echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]\)00.\([0-9]*\)\|\(.*\)/\1\2\3/g'
          return 0
--- 416,420 ----
!    		echo $mfile| sed 's/libgtk-x11-\([0-9]*\)\([0-9]*\)00.\([0-9]*\)/\1\2\3/g'
          return 0

It helped me. But I'm not sure exactly what the script is on about, so I suppose it might not. YMMV.

Now on to the book…


The patch works for me. Glad that this page appeared as the first Google hit. Thanks!

—Posted by Vilar Camara Neto on 29 Apr 2007 @ 02:07 UTC #